Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Investigative Report by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Day I Stalked The Circus

Isla and her infamous trainer, Tim Frisco

I have finally organized and posted the pictures from The Day I Stalked The Circus. They can be found here.

On the right side of the page you'll see two sets: "Carson & Barnes Animals" and "Putting Up The Tent." If you click on these you'll see a small write-up and the pictures in the correct order.


Isla and her ass

Not all the animals were bored at the circus...
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THIS makes me happy!

Dear Nancy Lynn Dietrich,

Thank you for your interest in Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review and the effort spent on your submissions entitled "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Shadow of the Mountain."

We are pleased to announce that your submissions have been accepted for publication in this issue of Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review.

We have received a large number of quality submissions for this issue and the selection process was very challenging. Your entries stood out as high quality creations.

Thank you very much for your submissions and we look forward to publishing your pieces in Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review!


Erika Lyn Smith - Non-Fiction Senior Editor

Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review

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Friday, August 14, 2009


I'm a slow writer, so it will take me all weekend to put together my account of Thursday at the circus.

In the meantime, enjoy my favorite picture from the collection which, oddly enough, has nothing to do with animals.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Circus is Coming to Town

and it could get really interesting.

From Beaver Dam's Daily Citizen:

Columbus police prepared for any circus protest
By Paul Scharf - Staff Reporter

COLUMBUS - Acting police chief Lt. Dennis Weiner said Tuesday that his force will be ready in case representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or any other animal rights groups show up this week to offer an opposing voice when the circus comes to town.

The Columbus Fire Department and the Columbus Fireman's Service Corp are bringing the Carson and Barnes Circus to Fireman's Park on Thursday as a fundraiser for the department, with 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. shows.

"Good Morning America" has also chosen Columbus as a place to catch up with Carson and Barnes as they do taping for a weekend segment on "the traditional American circus" which is scheduled to be shown in October. GMA will be taping Thursday morning as the elephants raise the big top, which will occur some time after 9 a.m. People will also be able to see many circus animals on Thursday morning.

PETA contacted the Columbus Journal late last week via both e-mail and phone. The e-mail contains numerous allegations against Carson and Barnes and its personnel. It also includes "a letter to Columbus Mayor Bob Link and the City Council urging them to enact legislation that would ban the use of bullhooks, electric prods, and other devices commonly used to inflict pain on elephants."

The e-mail seems to indicate that PETA's letter to Link was FAXed to city hall on Aug. 6. Link, however, has been gone on a fishing trip. He missed Tuesday's council committee of the whole meeting, and will not be back until after the circus.City administrator Boyd Kraemer said Tuesday night that the city had not received a FAX from PETA. The issue never came up during the two-and-a-half-hour council meeting

"I have a plan in the event that we need to access additional resources," Weiner said Tuesday regarding the department's response to the circus and any surrounding activities.

Weiner said that he was aware of one sign protesting the circus in a home on Ludington Street.

The Columbus Journal also received a request for information Monday from a representative of another group called In Defense of Animals.For their part, Carson and Barnes has sent out a three-page response to PETA's claims. It states, in part: "Please be assured that Carson & Barnes' owners and managers take any accusation or evidence of cruel treatment of our animals seriously. We do not condone or permit trainers to cause pain to animals, or to encourage other employees to do so."

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Saturday, August 8, 2009


Balbinka the Guinee Peeg. (No, not one of my crew. Boys don't wear bonnets!)
I don't know... she's doesn't look entirely pleased to me. All that work and she doesn't seem to appreciate it...
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

We'll miss you, Sam!

In this Feb. 9, 2009 file photo firefighter David Tree shares his water with an injured koala, later nicked named Sam, at Mirboo North after wildfires swept through the regioN. Sam, made famous when this image was widely publish, is about to undergo a risky surgery for a life-threatening disease, animal shelter officials said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark Parden, File)

According to the Huff Post:

Sam The Koala Dies In Surgery After Surviving Australian Wildfire

ADELAIDE, Australia — Sam the koala, who gained worldwide fame and sympathy when she was rescued during Australia's devastating wildfires this year, was euthanized Thursday after a veterinarian found the cysts that threatened her life were inoperable.

The 4-year-old koala had developed the cysts associated with urogenital chlamydiosis, which affects more than 50 percent of Australia's koala population.

During surgery, the disease was found to be so advanced that it was inoperable and Sam was euthanized, said Peita Elkhorne of TressCox law firm, which represents the shelter where the koala had lived since the February fires.

"It was so severe that there was no possible way to be able to manage her pain," Elkhorne said in a statement. "All of those who have been involved with Sam are devastated with this loss."

The rest of the story is here.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

And THIS is why I love Andy Borowitz

BREAKING: Clinton Goes to North Korea, Gets Girls

Former president Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea today and will be leaving with two girls, the White House confirmed today.

Mr. Clinton said he was tired from the long trip but added that "it's worth it to get those two ladies."

"I have traveled a long way to get girls before, but this has got to be some kind of record," Mr. Clinton said.

The White House said that based on the success of this trip Mr. Clinton might be dispatched on future girl-finding missions.

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